When LEANING IN doesn’t feel like an option. What do you do?

This is what you do. You stand in courage, with F.E.A.R. This is how…

Courage is “the ability to do something that frightens one, strength in the face of pain or grief.”

So courage is ABILITY.


Fear is required.

Courage is strength.


Facing pain or grief is required.

Without fear, or facing pain or grief, there is no courage.

The origin of the word comes from the Latin word: Cor (Heart.)

Middle English denotes the heart as “the seat of feelings.”

Encourage yourself IN COURAGE.

Encourage yourself IN HEART.


With F.E.A.R.

Encouraging yourself with COURAGE (HEART) in what you’re…

F – Feeling.

When you feel scared to death, paralysis, numbness, pain, and all the unknowns are rushing over you like a freight train, simply encourage yourself to feel them IN COURAGE.

Asking yourself, if I didn’t feel so scared right now, what would it feel like to be COURAGEOUS?

What TRUTH is your heart telling you?

E – Experiencing.

When you’re experience is a scary one. Unknown. Misunderstood.

Look further. Encourage yourself in what you’re experiencing. Not wishing it were different, but acknowledging your current situation.

Asking yourself what you can learn from the experience, and how you could experience courage in the midst of feeling afraid.

A – Asking.

This is for those times when you’re asking A LOT OF QUESTIONS, but they’re questions that lead to more doubt, fear, and discouragement.

Keep asking, but encourage yourself to ask different questions.

If your current questions are giving you the same answers, ask different questions.

R – Running (to or from.)

Encouraging yourself to meet yourself while you’re running, and find your rhythm of peace, calm, and steady. Resting while you run.

Invite yourself to come along side YOU and find a pace that works for courage.

This will allow you to not only face fear and do it anyway, but to also find your strength while being in pain or grief.

I find this comforting. Courage is a gift that’s available when we’re with fear, pain, or grief.

The way in is to stand IN COURAGE with FEAR.

Please grab your SACRED S.O.L. D.A.T.E. JOURNAL (Daily Action To Engage yourself.)


Where in your life do you feel afraid, pain, or grief?

Simply encourage yourself with the gift of COURAGE today. Once you do, courage rises. FEAR changes. And you transform.

Thank you for being here, and allowing me to sip on life with you.

By the way, if you haven’t already listened/downloaded my new song (EPISODE 291), you can also listen to it here: letsnottalkaboutex.com, and cast your vote for your favorite version.

S.O.L.| NOT SOLO. If you haven’t already joined the movement, you’re personally invited to come over to the WOMEN SIPPING ON LIFE S.O.L. MOVEMENT Closed FB Group and Join the MOVEMENT: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WSOLMovement/

I can’t wait to meet you there, and engage with you even more!

I’m also going to be inviting listeners onto the program. If you have a story you’d like to share — a song to sing (but not a Poor Me Story) — send me an email at: drshannon@doctorshannon.com and put SHARE MY STORY in the subject line.

Thank you for being here, and allowing me to Sip On Life with you.

Visit WomenSippingOnLife.com for more free resources, including my CHECKLIST FOR CHANGE, Engagement Checklist + Evaluation Rating, Six Sacred S.O.L. DATE Secrets…and a FREE copy of my best-selling book, Date Yourself Well. You can also check out my Dr. Shannon Facebook Page for more daily S.O.L. TRAINING.

I look forward to seeing you again tomorrow. Please invite your best girlfriends to come and join our S.O.L. PARTY.

xo Dr. Shannon. Inspiring minds that want to grow and hearts that want to know, so you can love you, your life, and your life’s work well. ONE SIP AT A TIME.

A special thanks to the following souls for helping me launch our WOMEN SIPPING ON LIFE podcast…

Intro/Outro done by UNI V. SOL 

Outro music by Jay Man: Mind Over Matter (www.ourmusicbox.com) 

Podcast cover design and web site done by: Pablo Aguilar (www.webdesigncreator.com)

Podcast cover photo by Kate Montague of KM Captured (www.kmcaptured.com)